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May 29, 2009

Updated 06/18/09 -- Comment period has been extended to July 10, 2009

Hearing on Pheasant Hunting Rules June 15, 2009

CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on proposed wildlife rules on Monday, June 15, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.  The proposal would increase the pheasant hunting license fee from $15 to $25.  It also would allow sporting clubs to apply for a sporting club youth pheasant event permit for the purpose of teaching safe hunting practices and promoting New Hampshire's hunting heritage.  The youth pheasant event permit would allow a sporting club to possess and release pheasants solely for conducting these events. The rules specify the criteria and conditions for applying for and conducting an event, as well as for participating.

The complete rulemaking notice forms, with original and proposed rule language, may be found at www.wildnh.com/Legislative/Notices_summary.htm.

Written comments on the proposed changes may be submitted by July 10, 2009.  E-mail to comments@wildlife.nh.gov (reference "Comment on Pheasant Rules" in subject line); fax to (603) 271-1438; or mail to Executive Director, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301. 

A total of 6,434 pheasant hunting licenses were sold in New Hampshire in 2008.  To learn more about pheasant hunting in New Hampshire, visit www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_pheasant.htm.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.  Visit www.WildNH.com.

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